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CAC provides a variety of services to individuals in Jefferson County experiencing poverty, including services to obtain or maintain housing to prevent homelessness, and subsidized rental costs to make housing more affordable.  In addition, we provide many programs to help meet an individual’s basic needs and to build skills to reach self-sufficiency.  We also work to develop and maintain effective working relationships with agencies and community resources in Jefferson County. For example, we are the lead agency for the Point In Time Count as well as the Jefferson County Continuum of Care Homeless Service Provider Group. 

We have a CAC site in Watertown. Please feel free to contact us:

114 East Main Street
Watertown, WI 53094-3747
(920) 262-9667 (phone)
(800) 675-3580 (Toll Free)
(920) 262-9559 (fax)
email: cacwtn@cacscw.org

Housing & Homelessness Prevention

Emergency Shelter provides homeless individuals with housing vouchers for temporary/emergency shelter and assists participants in locating permanent housing and other resources. Click here to see a brochure and list of shelters.

Eviction Prevention provides mediation and/or financial assistance to households that have experienced a sudden, unexpected and temporary loss of income and have received a 5-day notice from their landlord.

Landlord/Tenant Mediation helps households prevent eviction by offering mediation services to landlords and tenants.

Rapid Re-housing provides case management and short term rental assistance to literally homeless households.

The Smart Tenant Workshop. If you are in need of advice on tenant laws and regulations and want to know your rights and responsibilities, please attend the workshop. For more information read our flyer.

Supportive Services for Veterans Families (SSVF) provides case management and temporary financial assistance to low-income veterans (single individuals and those with families) to help them maintain stable housing.

Transitional Housing Program assists households with transitional housing for up to one year. During this time participants use budget counseling and case management to help secure their economic future and obtain permanent housing.

WHEDA Section 8 Housing Choice Vouchers provides rental assistance to households experiencing poverty.  As of January 1, 2014, this program is being administered by Central Wisconsin Community Action Council. Contact Heather Showers, Section 8 Coordinator by calling (608) 254-8353 ext. 246 or by email, heather@cwcac.org.

Listing of low income housing in Jefferson County - download a PDF

Food Security

The Food Security Division increases food access and security among people experiencing poverty by mobilizing and distributing food resources, including federal commodities (TEFAP).  CAC distributes food through the Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition.  For more information, click on this link: Jefferson County Food Pantry Coalition. Also, Click here to see a list pantries and hot meal sites.

Additional Programs & Services

Koats for Kids. We collect and distribute winter coats to children and adults experiencing poverty.  Coats are donated by the public, cleaned by Lake Mills Cleaners & Dyers and distributed by CAC during October & November. 

"Where to Find" Guide. CAC publishes a resource guide of Jefferson County services for children, seniors and families.  It includes information on employment and training, food, healthcare, transportation, housing, legal services, political representation and utility and energy assistance.  If you would like a copy, please either stop by the CAC office (114 E. Main Street, Watertown, WI) or click on this link to view an electronic version: Where to Find Guide. You can also dial 2-1-1 anywhere in Wisconsin to receive help finding community resources.

For more information about Legal Services offered in Wisconsin, go to: Legal Action of Wisconsin, Inc.

For more information about programs available in Jefferson County, email Jefferson and Waukesha County Services or call (920) 262-9667.